Heading Back To Virginia Tech This Fall

Today’s Topics:

  • What has happened up to this point?
  • So what am I going to do?
  • Spring semester?

What has Happened up to This Point?

School during COVID-19 is shaping up and many plans are going into action.

Making these decisions is not easy, because there are so many factors to think about when trying to reopen a whole university.

Earlier in the summer, Virginia Tech released their plan to go into the fall school year making us aware that they are taking all of the necessary precautions to make sure that we will be successful in containing the spread.

Then today they announce what student classes will be like and this is where all of the controversy strikes.

Most classes will be online to start with and when we reach thanksgiving break, all classes will be online from there.

The few classes that will try to be a hybrid of in-person/online are the most essential to learning, so for architecture students that would be studio. But there is still an option for completely online.

So What am I Going to do?

There are a lot of factors that play into the decision that I have made.

Before COVID-19 struck, I originally had planned to buy a house in Blacksburg during the summer months.

When we were sent home all of my plans had to change. Buying a house was not necessarily the best option anymore. Going around touring house to house would be much harder and time consuming, in addition to all of the uncertainty.

Towards the beginning of the summer, I also had to get surgery on my leg. Something that alongside Covid-19 has affected my summer internship and I’ve had to scramble to find something else to do.

On top of all of that, my roommate has been debating transferring schools if he is going to be in an online setting.

With all of those situations, I have chosen to stay home so that I can complete my school work, while also focusing on a healthy recovery through physical therapy.

Spring Semester?

Although I have only chosen to stay in an online setting for the first semester, things could change going back into January.

There is no telling what the world will be like 6 months from now.

In the best case scenario, we would be able to go back to school with a cure, which would be a miracle.

Once we are in that timeframe, and depending on my recovery, I could go back to school and continue with the schools plan for that time.

Hopefully this first semester will go through and work out well just like finishing up last semester.


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Published by Alonzo Colon

Architecture Student at Virginia Tech

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